Thursday, November 14, 2013

CTMH Holiday's From The Heart Gift Bags and Christmas Cards

I just love the CTMH Holiday's From the Heart Season's Tweetings (Z1913) Gift Bag Set.  For $14.95, you receive 6 fabric gift bags, a B sized stamp set along with 9 tags.  They are just too cute for words.

We are using this set for our 4th Annual Holiday Workshop on Saturday.  As I was preparing for class, I realized that it would be fun to include matching Christmas Cards with the gift bags.

How cute is that to not only create a special wrapping for your gift, but also create a matching card!  Both the card and the tag feature the images from the stamp set that is included in the Season's Tweeting kit.  The card also features the Sparkle and Shine Paper Packet (X7176C) that is in the Gift Guide.

Here are both the card and gift bag so that you can get a better look at them.  By the way, the birdies are colored using my water color pencils and a blending pen.  I also wanted to share just another reason I love Close To My Heart.  Each of the images are separate stamps.  I used the banner stamp as a "booster" for the little bird so that she can reach the bigger bird.  The sentiment is stamped inside the banner after it was stamped.  Try doing all that with a wood mount stamp.  heeheehee.

Stop by my website to see the entire CTMH Holiday's From The Heart Gift Guide.   For Now, Happy Crafting!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Lifting Spirits with Close To My Heart

The CTMH Holiday's From The Heart Gift Guide is just packed with wonderful projects.  It has ideas for the Holidays, but also ideas for scrapbooking and gift giving in the new year.  One of the fun new stamp sets is called Lifting Spirits (C1570.)  It is a terrific C sized set with an old fashioned prop plane, hot air balloon, clouds and 4 sentiments.  The paper packet featured in the Gift Guide are slanted toward Christmas, but pair the paper with Lifting Spirits and look what you can make...

I stamped the balloon image using the CTMH Black Archival Ink (44751.)  By the way, there has been a lot of chatter recently about using this ink with the markers.  I want to tell you that I've never had a problem using the archival ink.  The key is to allow it to set and dry in the paper.  I let it dry at least 15 minutes before I begin coloring.  That seems to be the key.  When I plan on using the ink, I stamp my image and then prepare the remained of the card.  When that is done, I go back and color my image.  I have even used this ink with my Copics without a problem!  Anyway, while my balloon was "setting," I randomly stamped the clouds in the background and cut my mats and banners.  Once I colored the balloon, I cut it out and attached it to the card.

This card is also for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge this week.  The challenge is called "Seeing Double."  I've got 2 double banners along with double clouds in the background.  :o)

Don't be afraid to use your Archival Black ink with your markers.  Just make sure you let it dry and set first.  Also, don't forget to check out the CTMH Holidays From The Heart Gift Guide.  It is not just for Christmas.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Close To My Heart Christmas Joyful Stars Blog Hop

It's time again for our Joyful Stars Blog Hop!  Every month, several very talented gals get together and endeavor to provide you with great Close To My Heart inspiration.  This month, our theme is either Christmas or Thanksgiving.

If you arrived here from Nancy's Blog, you are on the right track.  As is usually the case at this time of the month, I am busy preparing for one of my monthly workshops.  This month is no different so I share one of the cards that we will be making at our 4th Annual Crafting in the Country Holiday Party Workshop.

This is a square card that uses CTMH Sparkle and Shine papers (X7176B), the stamp set from the Season's Tweetings Gift Bag Kit (Z1913) and images from Yuletide Greetings (D1553.)  I also used my CTMH Alcohol Markers and Prisma Glitter to complete the card.

Using my Artiste Cricut Cartridge (Z1790) and the Sparkle and Shine paper packet I made these fun 3D Christmas Ornaments.  I cut each image 3 times.  After adhering the overlay to the solid image, I scored them and attached them side by side to give the 3D effect.  I added some sparkles and Prisma Glitter to a little bling.
It's time to hop over to Elizabeth's Blog to see what she has created for us.  This is a circular hop but if you get lost, start back with Joyce's Blog.   Thanks for joining us.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Close To My Heart Christmas

I just love the CTMH Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide!  There are papers, kits, WTOG's, washi tape and even an album.  I've been playing around with some of the items and want to share them!

These are two of the Season's Tweetings Gift Bags (Z1913.)  They come in a kit that contains 6 fabric gift bags, 9 tags and a B size stamp set.  They are so cute and work up so easily.  What fun for office or teacher's gifts.  By the way, the images pictured here were colored with my CTMH alcohol markers and had a little Red Glitz Glitter Gel added for an accent.
This card is made using the same stamp set that is included in the Gift Bag kit and the Sparkle and Shine paper packet (X7176B.)  It also has some washi tape, turquoise dots and prisma glitter.  I love the stamp set and being able to also use it for cards or even scrapbook layouts just proves the value in CTMH products.
If you would like to give these projects a try, visit my website and order a set.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Close To My Heart - Twist Ties!

I love this idea.  Guess what I'm going to try before I go to work!  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

How To Become a Close To My Heart Consultant

There has never been a better time to become a CTMH Consultant!  Beginning November 1st through December 15th, if you sign up to be a consultant you can earn Close To My Heart's soon to be released scrapbooking program called "Picture My Life."  The scrapbooking program features the consistent and well know CTMH quality while adding the ability to preserve those memories in a quick and fun style.  When you sign up now, and achieve an easily reachable sales requirement, you will receive the "Picture My Life" kit of your choice right after the 1st of the year for free!

The rewards are many.  Scrapbooking, card making and home d├ęcor projects and supplies that are trendy.  Fellowship and fun with a group of consultants that are committed to helping you find and grow your creative spirit.  And, a company that is on solid footing, communicates well and provides a great support system for the Consultants.

So, if you are interested in starting a new path, contact me.  For just $49.00, you can begin a new scrapbooking journey that will help you rekindle your interest in paper crafting.  I would love you to join my growing team called the Memory Savers.  Contact me at for more information.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Friday, November 1, 2013

CTMH Operation Smile Crop

Well, I had my Operation Smile Crop on Saturday, what a success and what fun!  We raised enough money to change the lives of almost 3 children!  I am going to let the pictures speak for themselves....  For Now, Happy Crafting!